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Hal Holbrook Presents Mark Twain Tonight!

Oct. 29, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – Actor Hal Holbrook will bring his Mark Twain Tonight! performance to Susquehanna University on Nov. 12. Holbrook first appeared in the widely acclaimed solo show in 1954 at what was then Lock Haven State Teachers College.

Winner of five Emmy awards and a Tony, Holbrook will present Twain’s own words in what critics say is as contemporary as when Samuel Clemens wrote them under the pen name of Mark Twain more than 100 years ago. Topics typically include politics, religion, humor and media.

Holbrook, in fact, has memorized over 16 hours of material, making each performance unique for its audience. Since its 1954 Pennsylvania debut, Mark Twain Tonight! has been performed more than 2,100 times. Using costumes, mannerisms and voice, Holbrook pleases audiences regularly with his Twain impersonation.

The 83-year-old Cleveland native is married to actress Dixie Carter, with whom he appeared as her husband in the comedy series, Designing Women. Among his many movie roles are Fletch Lives, Magnum Force, Star Chamber, Capricorn One, All the President’s Men, The Firm and Into the Wild. Holbrook has received six honorary doctorate degrees during his long career.

Tickets are available at the Susquehanna University box office in the Degenstein Center Theater lobby. It is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $5 for students. They may be purchased in person or by phone at (570) 372-ARTS. The 7:30 p.m. performance will be in Weber Chapel Auditorium, which has barrier-free side entrances. Any remaining tickets can also be purchased in Weber Chapel that evening.

Contact: Gerald Cohen


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